By Shannon Drayer
Reliever Stephen Pryor has suffered a significant setback in attempt to return to the Mariners this year from a lat injury. As I reported yesterday, Pryor was to get checked out further by team doctors to see what was causing a "bruising sensation" in the area of his triceps. General manager Jack Zduriencik told us this morning in Baltimore what was found on his MRI was concerning enough to shut him down for the remainder of the year.
"They really didn't like what they saw," Zduriencik said. "He is going to get re-evaluated and we are going to look through this thing further as it is very unusual."
Zduriencik was not sure how or specifically when the injury occurred. He said it is not related to the previous lat injury, however.
This is tough news for the team that could use a healthy Pryor in the bullpen but even a bigger blow for Pryor, who has been working hard to come back from the original injury.
There was better news regarding manager Eric Wedge. Zduriencik said he continues to progress and is anxious to come back.
"I don't think Eric will be with us this week," Zduriencik said. "He's doing well. He sounds normal and is excited to get back here but the one thing you don't want to have happen is when Eric gets back here you want him to be back. They just need to sign off and say he is 100 percent ready to go. When he comes back we want him to come back full time, completely."
Zduriencik said that they should know more about a possible target for return later in the week.